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Saturday, February 12, 2005

Cool Gimmicks

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So, it seems the Gates project in Central park went off without a hitch. Thousands of volunteers took the time out of their schedule to install this mammoth project(one person - a friend of a friend - I hear used a week of their vacation time to do this!). From what I can tell, it runs all of the major "walks" throughout the park. That's a lot of fucking "gates"!

Anyway, This project has been waiting to get approval for years now(read italicized text below for exact time frame).
I remember this thing being mentioned 3 or 4 years ago. It didn't happen then because of concerns over the park. But, since the gates have been designed to sit on the ground rather than be required to be cemented into the ground, it has been deemed safe for the park...or something like that.

The weather was windy and cold as the first fabric dropped from one of the 7,500 16-foot-high gates, creating what the artists billed as "a visual golden river" along 23 miles of the park's footpaths. More than 1 million square feet of fabric was used by the artists.

Its official title — "The Gates, Central Park, New York, 1979-2005" — refers to the artists' conception of the idea 26 years ago. It was expected to take about two hours to drop the fabric from all the gates.

Anyway, I'll let you know what I think when I see it. I might go today on my way to a show.